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Board alleges West Virginia doctor unqualified to practice

CHARLESTON (AP) — A Martinsburg doctor is not qualified to practice because of violations of state law and unprofessional conduct, including gross negligence in the use and control of prescription forms, the state Board of Medicine alleged in a complaint.

A three-day hearing is scheduled in November before a hearing examiner to determine whether the board should take disciplinary action against Dr. Tressie Montene Duffy’s medical license, the Charleston Daily Mail reported.

Allegations contained in the 31-page complaint include directing non-physician staff to prescribed controlled substance when Duffy was not in the office, dispensing prescription medication without being registered as a dispensing physician, and failure to keep written records justifying the course of treatment of a patient or patients.

The complaint also said Duffy repeatedly exposed her breasts to staff and patients after undergoing augmentation surgery.

Duffy also verbally abused staff, kicked a chair in the direction of one employee and grabbed another employee by the back of her head and kissed her on the lips, the complaint said.

“The continued licensing of Dr. Duffy to practice medicine and surgery in the State of West Virginia presents a danger to the public due to her violations of the West Virginia Medical Practice Act,” the complaint said.

Duffy’s lawyer, Lisa Lilly, told the newspaper that the doctor denies any wrongdoing. Lilly said the complaint is not the first time that the board has tried to revoke Duffy’s medical license. She declined to elaborate.

Duffy is the CEO and co-owner of West Virginia Weight and Wellness Inc. in Martinsburg.

The complaint, which was issued in July, stems from an investigation of complaints filed with the board in April and May by two former employees, along with one initiated in May by the board’s complaint committee. The committee’s complaint was based on other, anonymous complaints the board had received against Duffy.

The board hired a doctor as a consultant to review documents obtained during its investigation. The consultant identified consistent problems with Duffy’s practice of pain management, the complaint said.

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